8-bit feature films?

Posted: 2013/08/26 in 100% Geek, Retrogaming
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Many geeks like retrogaming. There is something different in the games pre-2000 compared to the full-resolution games of today. Something special to having a finite number of lives and increasing difficulty. And it is still strong nowadays.

Aside from retrogaming, there’s a subculture of people who likes 8-bit music – chiptunes. There are artists who, today, compose for old-tech sound chips expressely. Geeks and gamers enjoy the whole thing.

Now, what if the same was applied to visual arts? And not only posters, t-shirts and the like, but animated 8-bit story?

That’s pretty much what is offered with the adventures of Ledo and Ix by Emily Carmichael.


Ledo and Ix image courtesy of KidCanDrive on Youtube


Ledo and Ix have been there for a while, being selected for Slamdance Film Festival as early as 2009! They’re been distributed on PATV. The films played at Slamdance, Cinevegas, Rooftop Films, and in the 2009 online issue of Wholphin. The series won a Rooftop Filmmaker’s Fund Short Film Grant in 2010 and the first three episodes played as part of the Rooftop Film Festival’s Summer Series.

So, what’s so interesting about 8-bit animation? Why so much of a success? Well, the stories are vivid reminder of old-school RPGs – minus the roleplaying mechanics. But, storywise, it is fairly similar to NES and SNES gaming. Or, more, what the characters think but aren’t seen in the games. Their interactions besides the RPG quests people play. It is somewhat satiric about the genre that is 8-bit RPG games – or videogames in general.

Amateurs of the genre are generally old-school RPG fans or gamers, that like the twist made out of 8-bit graphics into animated series. The idea is genius for sure. Lots of animators make 3D characters, or cartoon-styled 2D characters, but the idea of taking a more obscure genre of the 80s and 90s and turn it into stand-alone animation has something different, fresh – and liked.





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